Sunday, May 22, 2011

Grungy Monday 7 - We Didn't Start The Fire

It has been an extremely crazy week with many demands of my time, so I’m thankful that Miss Linda offered us an easy technique by T!m to follow for our Grungy Monday 07 submission.

My 8x8 technique journal page features photos I took last year while these amazing murals were plastered all over Cincinnati. These are works of art by Shepard Fairey (use google images….I’m sure you’ll see something very familiar). For whatever reason, I think of the Billy Joel song “We Didn’t Start The Fire” when I look at his work. It’s what I like to call “in your face” art and it appeals to me J.

Materials used:
Club Scrap: white from Comics kit, red from County Fair kit.
American Crafts: metal photo corners
Fiskars punch: small tulips
Distress Inks: Barn Door, Black Soot, Pumice

“We Didn’t Start The Fire”

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray

South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio

Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, television
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe

Rosenbergs, H-Bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, "The King and I", and "The Catcher in the Rye"

Eisenhower, vaccine, England's got a new queen
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

Josef Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev
Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc

Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron
Dien Bien Phu Falls, Rock Around the Clock

Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn's got a winning team
Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland

Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Khrushchev
Princess Grace, Peyton Place, Trouble in the Suez


Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac
Sputnik, Zhou Enlai, Bridge On The River Kwai

Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California Baseball,
Starkweather homicide, Children of Thalidomide

Buddy Holly, Ben Hur, Space Monkey, Mafia
Hula Hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go

U2, Syngman Rhee, payola and Kennedy
Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo


Hemingway, Eichmann, Stranger in a Strange Land,
Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion

Lawrence of Arabia, British Beatlemania
Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson

Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British Politician sex
J.F.K. blown away, what else do I have to say


Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again
Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock

Begin, Reagan, Palestine, Terror on the airline
Ayatollah's in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan

Wheel of Fortune, Sally Ride, heavy metal suicide
Foreign debts, homeless Vets, AIDS, Crack, Bernie Goetz

Hypodermics on the shores, China's under martial law
Rock and Roller cola wars, I can't take it anymore


  1. Very cool!!! Love the color combination!!!

  2. Chris, just love this. I never would have thought I would say that about something red and black...not my usual color choice. But this is great. It goes so well with those Fairey murals. And it fits the song perfectly. That technique book is coming together quite nicely.

  3. Really the nice. The background complements the artwork really well. Love the artwork and color combo

  4. Great color blocking and chioce of colors is right on. Love the message and the images are so right on. Very cool

  5. this is really super cool! That must've been a sight seeing those murals up around town. A good sight.